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Halcottsville Grange work gets boost from bank bucks

By Julia Green
NBT Bank of Margaretville Vice President Caroljean Finch presented a $1,000 check to help fund the Halcottsville Grange Hall Restoration Project, an ongoing fund-raising effort to support renovations to the Wawaka Grange Hall in Halcottsville.
The hall, which has been a focal point of the Halcottsville hamlet for more than 100 years, was the first home of the Halcottsville Grange #350, established in 1875 as a local lodge of the National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry, an educational and political action society for farmers.


Burn ban proposal revised by DEC

By Jay Braman Jr.
After a one-year review, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a revised plan for regulating open burning.
In an effort to reduce the impacts of pollutants such as dioxins, particulate matter and carbon monoxide and to limit the risks of wildfires, the DEC announced plans last June to extend a ban on open burning statewide beyond the current ban for any municipality with a population of 20,000, a law in effect since 1972.


Painting and Buddhism focus of lecture series

DAA Gallery will host the second Artist Lecture Series in Delhi, featuring local artist Valley Fox in “A Buddhist Point of View” on Saturday, June 13 at 2 p.m. Valley Fox, a Buddhist from Trout Creek, will discuss painting and its relation to Buddhism.


Community Chorale to perform two shows

The Community Chorale of the Catskills will present performances of its spring concert this week. On Friday, June 12, the chorale will be at Roxbury Central School and on Saturday, June 13 they will perform at Margaretville Central School. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge for either concert.


Shandaken Board mulls mid-year spending requests

By Jay Braman Jr.
The Shandaken Town Board heard a plan last week from a group of Phoenicia parents asking for some town support to install a large piece of playground equipment in the Phoenicia Park behind the post office.
The $12,000 “Star Climber,” according to the group’s spokesperson, Heather Roberts, would be a great addition to what many consider an under equipped park.


Margaretville cop submits letter of resignation

By Julia Green
After only a year on the job, Harold Fox, the police officer hired by the Village of Margaretville, submitted a letter of resignation this week to the village board. The board has yet to accept his resignation.
“We received a letter of resignation on June 4, and since it’s a personnel issue it’s something that I’m going to bring before the board on Monday evening (June 15) in executive session to discuss,” said Margaretville Mayor John Van Benschoten.


Bovina General Store reopens, community gathers to discuss its future

By Matthew J. Perry
A two-month hiatus has ended and the ‘closed’ sign has been taken off Russell’s Store in Bovina.
Last Saturday, the general store at the intersection of county Routes 5 and 6 was once again open for business, looking at once like a modern showcase for all things Bovina and a call to the community’s past.


Margaretville native Max Finberg named to Obama administration post

By Julia Green
In 1988, Max Finberg was walking the hallways of Margaretville Central School, preparing to graduate and head to Tufts University near Boston. Now, 21 years later, he’s walking the streets of Washington, D.C., as the newest appointee to a post within the Obama administration. Finberg, the son of Mike and Joanne Finberg of Margaretville, was recently named Director of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Construction delays expected from Mt. Tremper bridge work

By Jay Braman Jr.
New York State Route 28 corridor travelers should plan an extra few minutes to their commutes for several weeks. Work crews assembled a temporary traffic light early Monday morning in Mount Tremper on the state-owned highway.


Burroughs Community Day planned June 13 in Roxbury

Roxbury — Peter Forbes, a writer, photographer, farmer and conservationist will be the featured speaker at John Burroughs Community Day on Saturday, June 13 in Roxbury. The annual event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Roxbury Arts Group’s gallery and performance center on Vega Mountain Rd., one block off Roxbury’s Main Street. This free celebration of nature, heritage, and the spirit of community is held each year by Woodchuck Lodge Inc. to honor revered literary naturalist and Roxbury native John Burroughs.


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